If you listen to songs frequently on Raaga, then you will know about this singing sensation. Having shot to fame a few years ago, in the hit movie ‘ Soodhu Kavvum,’ this playback singer has gone on to deliver five hits in the five songs that she has sung for quite a few producing houses. Amongst her first songs were ‘Kadalil Kanmashi Pole,’ where she collaborated with famed artist Nivas, and the south Indian cinematic universe failed to overlook her raw talent. Since then, she has gone a long way, writing & composing songs, if not singing, successfully creating a wave amidst the rising competition in the current singing profession.

Ramani was born in 1987, in Tamil Nadu. Displaying a love for music from her early years, she took part in several singing competitions & went on to win quite a few at her school level. Her parents saw her huge talent & decided to encourage their daughter, pushing her deeper & deeper into the singing industry until she was able to achieve her big break. In 2013, she got what she wished for so long. Under the tutelage of music director Santosh Narayanan, Ramani sang her first ever song ‘Sa Ga,’ in the film ‘Soodhu Kavvum’. Achieving moderate commercial success, other music directors showed an avid interest in roping her in acclaimed movies to lend her voice to lots of famous tracks.

Her second big break came in the 2014 flick ‘ Rummy,’ where she sang the famous song ‘Oru Nodi,’ & it was from then on that her fan base began to flourish on a grand scale. Her sweet & mellow voice, adding to the soft & slow pace of the song managed to create a furor in the audience, all in the right way. Music director D. Imman became known widely for having brought a singer with such a high caliber onto the musical platform. He is widely known to have provided the boost to Ramani’s career. 2014 eventually went on to become her best year. Since it was Santosh Narayanan who had started her career, the music director deemed it fit to bring her on board on one of his esteemed musical works.

That’s why in the same year, he collaborated with the youngster in the acclaimed hit ‘ Cuckoo,’ for the song ‘Manasula Soora Kaathey,’ with the playback singer’s career reaching an all-time high, & the film being praised heavily for its background score & captivating musical performances. To end the year on a high note, Sean Roldan worked with her for the song ‘Thanniyila,’ in the movie ‘Aadama’. Though not great, the song was unable to live up to the hype that was created by her previous performances. She took a break from the industry for a year, & was back in 2016 film ‘ Manithan,’ working with her favorite music director Santosh Narayanan for the third time, for the song ‘Kondaattam’. Since then, the singer has not looked back & continues to compose several blockbuster hits by the moment.

Vandana Srinivasan Tamil Actor

Vandana Srinivasan

Vandana Srinivasan is a budding Carnatic singer. The background singer works for the Tamil Film Industry and delivers her melodious voice in South Indian songs. The independent singer became much loved by the audience in the South. She took birth in Qatar, the Middle East on 22nd May 1988. Her career involves hit songs in over fifteen Tamil movies such as Thodari, Rummy, Thandavam, Tubelight, etc. A girl born and brought up outside India has developed Hindustani music skills which are loved by the audience. Vandana Srinivasan’s music takes modern Hindustani music to another level. As a child, she received training in Carnatic music from her guru Mrs. Seetha Krishnan in Qatar. After getting training in Carnatic music, she moved to Madras, India in 2006. She did an undergraduate course in psychology from the University of Madras. Sideways, she got trained in Hindustani music as well from her Guru, Mrs. Tanushree Saha. It was also the time when she got acquainted with music experts and sound recording techniques. Later, in 2009 she moved to London do a post-graduation degree from the London School of Political Science and Economics. Soon in 2011, she returned to Madras, and that decision changed the course of her career. She had an idea of working in the music industry, she did a brief job at a corporate company, but eventually, she quit. The year 2012, proved to be crucial for the singer, she did a few music projects and played her cards well. She worked to establish herself in the music industry and then she got the golden opportunity to perform at the Olympics in London. She sang a couple of song in Thandavam and Madhubana Kadai in 2012. Vandana also got the Best Debutant Playback Singer Tamil Filmfare award for her songs. Since her blockbuster start, she has sung some songs in over fifteen films; her hits include Mazhakaatha, Sakhiya Sakhiya, Adada Idhuyenna, Idhukkuthaane, etc. In 2017, she contributed in Ved Shankar’s album Madhubaanakadai. She gave the vocals in the song Polladha Kudhirai alongside Gowtham Bharadwaj. She got married to businessman Anand Pattathil and launched Musicalorie Productions. It works to promote Hindustani and traditional music among artists through a contemporary approach. Vandana also became the lead singer of the band Staccato, a Chennai-based music group. Overall, she has made her mark in the South-Indian Film Industry.

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Arun Mozhi

Arunmozhi is a singer who used to sing in clubs and stages but grew up singing for albums as well. The singer is favorite of Ilaiyaraaja and has sung maximum songs for Ilaiyaraaja. His debut in playback singing was for the song 'Naan Enbathu Nee Allavo Deva Deva' in the movie ‘Soora Samhaaram' which had Kamal Haasan, and Nirosha in the lead role. Arunmozhi and K. S. Chitra sang the song. Ilaiyaraaja composed the music. The singer has a unique classical voice and was equally good playback singer when S. P. Balasubramaniam was ruling the industry. Amidst that, he was one of the singers, who made his breakthrough and recognition due to the grace of Ilaiyaraaja. Ilaiyaraaja is the only music director with whom he has rendered most of the excellent songs in his career. The singer feels that every song of Illaiyaraja has been composed in best manner, but the only song which remains favorite for him was from ‘Johnny’ movie. The track was 'Kaatril Enthan Geetham' picturized on Sridevi and sung by S. Janaki. His songs include in films such as 'Dharma Seelan' which was sung by him and Swarnalatha, and the film released in 1993. Illaiyaraaja composed the music. His another song was "Ithu Maanodum" from the movie 'Enga Thambi' and the song was sung by Arunmozhi and Uma Ramanan. In 2000, he sang a song for the movie 'Vaanathaippola' that featured Vijayakanth in a dual role along with Prabhu Deva and Meena. The track was "Engal Veetil Ella Naalum," and the song was sung by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Sujatha, and Arunmozhi. S. A. Rajkumar composed the music in the movie. His romantic tracks include the song 'Thendral Varum' sung by him, and Minmini from the movie 'Dharma Seelan' starring Prabhu, and Kushboo. Ilaiyaraaja composed the music, and the lyrics are written by Vaali. The singer has sung a song even with Ilaiyaraaja, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam in the movie 'Raasaiyya.' The song was titled as 'Dindukallu.' This song has many remix versions too.

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Arun Mozhi Tamil Actor